Great Winter Alternatives To Summer Colours

For exuberant and flamboyant fashionistas, winter is a dreaded time of the year as not only is nature stripped of its vibrant colours but fashion as well gets to sacrifice loud hues in favour of more dowdy, beige and grey-scale tones.

If you’re a colour fanatic like myself and love to incorporate a bit of cheer into your looks despite the weather, I’ve come up with some cool alternatives to summer colours that are perfect for the winter season. Here’s how to wear colour in the winter:

Yellow –> Mustard/Chartreuse

Most people will rock a bright sunflower yellow dress in the summer. If you can’t get enough of the colour yellow, there are a great few shades within the colour that you could still have a play around with in colder seasons. Mustard is my favourite shade of a more subdued yellow. You get away with wearing something bright whilst still looking very much in season.

Bright/neon green  –> Camouflage/Khaki

Camouflage is an all season favourite as it works for most seasons. But if you think you will look ‘too garish’ in that hot green dress, why not try a camo combo. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it works for most skin tones too!

Red –> Burgundy/Wine

Red never goes out of season. In fact it’s the theme of many-a-holiday. Come Christmas, Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day…everyone be whipping out their favourite red outfits. But if you DO feel like you need a break from the traditional rouge ensembles, why not switch it on up to burgundy or wine. I am such a sucker for a complete burgundy lips on burgundy outfit on burgundy nails ensemble. Absolutely mesmerizing.

Pink/Fuchsia –> Purple/Violet

Just like burgundy, purple is fine like wine. I am a pink lover and by default, purple is on my colour lust list. I especially love purple silk (clothing), purple lipsticks (makeup) or purple suede (footwear). A lot of my nail polishes and lip colours are different shades of purple or have purple undertones because I simply cannot get enough.

Persimmon Orange –> Rust/ Terracotta

I love orange in any shade because God had melanin on his mind when he created that colour. Well done with a touch of class, orange can be mesmerizing. Rust is such a beautiful colour. It is like the perfect marriage between mustard, orange and brown. Rust is the perfect alternative for orange because it sticks out without being as garish as orange would. Rust is such a raw colour. If you love earthy colours but like to keep it minimal, rust should definitely be in your palette.

At the end of the day, there are no rules in fashion. Only recommendations! Some people keep it minimal all yaer round. Some keep it loud all year round! It’s a matter of taste. I know a lot of people who would never wear pink in the winter, but I simply do not have that problem. I am a mix of both. If I’m feeling yellow, no matter how out of season it is I will throw it on. Solange Knowles is my girl simply for this reason. Do you conform to seasonal colour palettes? What are your go to winter colours?


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  • Riya
    December 3, 2015

    This fashion article I like so much. I liked your last pic dress. I want to buy it too. Any idea from where I buy it ?

  • jenessasheffield
    December 3, 2015

    love them all but burgundy has to be my favorite!

  • Izzy
    December 4, 2015

    I wish I looked good in mustard because it is such a great colour! Purples are my go to as well as dark greens for winter though <3

    The Quirky Queer

  • moonstone34
    December 4, 2015

    All great colours, especially burgundy 🙂 So perfect for winter.

    xo, jackie

  • exquisitecolors
    December 6, 2015

    I sometimes conform to seasonal pallets now that I think about. I really love the rust/terracotta color you put in this list, especially the darker shades of it. It is the perfect mix of stand out and blend in for me, and if I did not see this list, I probably would have never thought about it. Now I really want to try to wear that color and also incorporate it to my artwork. 🙂

    • Art Becomes You
      December 7, 2015

      cheers hun. That terracotta colour is my spirit animal. Especially the outfit with over the knee boots . swoon!

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